Russia’s President Vladimir Putin suspends officials named in WADA doping report

July 19, 2016 9:00 am

’s President (AFP)

Russian
President Vladimir Putin has temporarily suspended officials named in a
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report over claims of doping at the
2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

“Officials
named in the Commission’s report as direct perpetrators will be
temporarily suspended from their posts until the investigation is over,”
said Putin on Monday.
Earlier in
the day, WADA released a report in which it claimed the Russian Sports
Ministry was complicit in the manipulation of doping samples with the
assistance of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
The
investigation behind the report is based on allegations made by the
former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov,
during a New York Times interview.
“But
prior to making the final decision on the officials’ in question, we
are asking WADA to provide more detailed and objective information based
on facts so that Russian law enforcers and investigative bodies could
use it in their work,” noted Putin.
Putin
went on to warn that the claims against Russian athletes are based on
the words of a “single person with a scandalous reputation.”
He
noted that such actions are attempts “to turn sport into an instrument
of geopolitical pressure” and “form a negative image of countries and
people.”
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